I cannot thank you enough for all of the outpouring of love, support, & especially prayers for our family over the last week. Our hearts are still hurting beyond words. Michael was truly so special as seen during his beautiful service. He had such a tender, loving heart and he will be so greatly missed as a son, father, husband, brother, cousin, and friend. I would especially appreciate continued prayers for my Mom & Dad and for Ragan & the kids. My dad and Ragan were the two people the very closest to Michael; they both saw him and spoke with him multiple times a day (Michael and my dad were in business together). It’s going to be hard for them not being able to pick up the phone and call him just anytime…
I still have times where I can’t do anything but cry. We are clinging to the promises of God’s Word right now. Thankfully we know he is in the arms of Jesus….but selfishly we still want him here with us & it’s hard to see & be part of the family he left behind.
Michael loved Ragan and his kids more than life and wanted nothing more than to provide for them.
Unfortunately he did not have life insurance. My heart is broken for Ragan & the kids- losing their husband and father, and I want to do everything I can to help ease the financial burden. So far we have been able to cover the funeral and cemetery costs. God has placed some awesome people in our path to minister to us through meals, lawn care/cleaning, and taking care of the animals temporarily. Several neighbors and friends have stepped up to buy household & baby supplies as well. We are so very appreciative of each and every person who has helped in some way, & praying for the Lord to bless you for the kindness.
Y’all know it is not cheap raising children- especially four kids, and Michael was the primary provider. Ragan will need a lot of help financially. It will be a while before social security will kick in because we have to wait on the death certificate to apply for anything. (I can’t help but cringe typing that.) We are doing our best to handle everything for her so she doesn’t have to worry about any of that…
Many of you have asked how you can help. Truthfully, prayers are SO appreciated and the number one thing we can request right now. However, if you are looking for a more tangible way to help out and feel led to donate, please know that ANY little bit will help and we appreciate any gift. We have an account set up through BB&T called the “James Michael Rainey Children’s Memorial Fund, and donations can be dropped off at any BB&T bank.
Donations may also be given through this Go Fund Me account.
Our family is rallying together to take care of our sweet sister & nieces and nephews to the best of our ability and plan to do so for as long as they need. Thank you all again for you love, prayers, & anything God lays on your heart to give.
“True devotion, the kind that is pure and faultless before God the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their difficulties and to keep the world from contaminating us.”- James 1:27